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The hair-raising suspense of The General's Daughter... the wry wit of The Gold Coast...this is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powers.Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victiThe hair-raising suspense of The General's Daughter... the wry wit of The Gold Coast...this is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powers.Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare.Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications -- and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of PLUM ISLAND.......

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ISBN : 9780446679084
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 592 Pages
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Plum Island Reviews

  • Bibi
    2018-09-24 17:13

    Keep in mind that I read this book more than 15 years ago and still, the story is as vivid today as it was then. Damn. That is the genius that is Nelson Demille.We are introduced to Detective John Corey, formerly of the New York police department but, recently retired because some nefarious characters thought it okay to turn John into a human colander. The book starts with a convalescing John who wants nothing more than to drink beer while relaxing at his Uncle's Long Island beach house. When two prominent scientists (who worked at a secret research faclity on Plum Island) are murdered, John is drafted to investigate the deaths. With acerbic wit and deliberate misdirection, he goes on to solve the case.The humor in this book was unexpected yet it was exactly what was required in order to elevate the story beyond the mundane.Be sure to read The Lion's Game as well, which is a book that, although published in 2000, portends the 9/11 tragedy with uncanny accuracy.

  • Edward Lorn
    2018-10-11 16:22

    With any review I do, I ask myself a single question: "How much do you care whether or not people read this book." This time, the answer is not so simple. I honestly have no idea whether or not people are interested in Nelson DeMille. Dude has a following. He doesn't need my help. Also, he's not terrible, so I don't feel the need to be satirical with my review. He's somewhere between Greg Iles and Howard Stern. Basically, this guy writes really verbose books for middle-aged men. There's some mention of sex or tits or ass on every page. Much beer is swilled. Everyone cracks wise. If you like that kind of thing, you should enjoy yourself. If not, you'll likely hate it. I should have hated this book. It was predictable, the comedy wasn't always funny, and the writing was basic and repetitive. The main character is a womanizer who sees every woman he comes across as an object to be filled, and the women he meets along the way actually like that about him. There's one point where a woman says, (I'm paraphrasing) "You're not like most men, John. Most men want to know more about me. You just want to have sex. I like that about you." I had to laugh. I know some of you ladies like a stiff dick just as much as we like a place to put it, but this came off as silly in places. None of the women in this book could be confused with strong, independent females. One lady who's a homicide detective allows the MC to leave her behind because she might get her fragile little self hurt. Oh fuck off. The odd part is, I never wanted to stop reading, and the best excuse I have for that is this analogy. You know that one stupid-as-fuck friend we all have? Well, if you don't, you're probably that friend. Just saying. Anyballs, so we all have that one friend who's dumber than a load of bricks dropped on a horny ostrich, but they are fun to be around. If you need a math problem done, you're not going to call Nelson. But if you're in a mood to drink thirty beers and burn some shit, Nelson's definitely your go to guy. You don't invite him around your girlfriend because he's rude and disgusting. But if you're ever expecting a tussle with a buncha inebriated rednecks, Nelson's gonna fuck 'em up for you. Yeah, that's this book. And yes. To address the 800-pound swinging dick in the room, yes, this book is overlong. No book of this kind should be almost 600 pages. But, once again, I never once wanted to stop reading. Take that for what it's worth.In summation: If Columbo took all season to solve a case instead of a single episode, and then, while he was attempting to solve the crime, he catcalled every passing female and fucked the ones who didn't run away, this book would be the result. You're either going to love it or hate it. Me? I'm in the middle. I'd read more about this character, but I'd have to be in the right mood for him. You ladies have your Mommy Porn and such. Guys have Nelson DeMille. As far as I see it, we're even. Final Judgment: The most sexist thing you're likely to enjoy.

  • Jess
    2018-10-18 20:05

    I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if it weren't for a group I was in suggesting it. I have never read anything by this author, and to be honest I never really heard of him before this.I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slowly, and the main character John Corey was such a sarcastic SOB that he was great! I liked his style and his humor... although I'm not sure I was really supposed to like him. John is a homicide detective with the NYPD and is currently recuperating in the North Fork of Long Island from being shot three times. He is approached by the local sheriff Max to help with a double murder. John is reluctant to help, and the only reason he does help is because he knows the victims.The case itself, a wife and husband are found outside their home dead. The next door neighbor insists that they came home late on their boat, but never heard the gun going off. The problem that makes this case so dangerous, the couple worked on Plum Island which contains a virus and bacteria research facility. Of course they only look at diseases that affect animals, because the US government has signed a policy stating they do not do germ warfare research. Yeah. Okay. So the feds, the CIA, the local police and whoever else has a badge, is searching to see if the couple was killed because of their job on the island. Did they steal a deadly virus that can wipe out the world, did they steal a vaccine so they could make themselves billions of dollars or is this just a case of a home burglary gone wrong. John Corey thinks he knows, and he thinks that he is the only one who can solve this case.After the beginning, maybe about 20-30 pages, the book really picked up the pace and John made the book interesting. His theories were intriguing, and his humor and sarcasm kept me in touch with his character. I liked that I wasn't able to guess what was really going on, and that there were a few surprises along the way. I also liked the setting of the book and that it's in close proximity to where I live, and I have actually been to some of the places mentioned. I just found out that this is the first in a series, so I'm going to look into the next book.

  • Christina
    2018-10-16 23:21

    I will forever remember this book as the one I painstakingly read in tiny font, all 574 pages of it, and found that it could have been shortened to less than half of the pages without reducing any substance or plot whatsoever. What a waste of time.I was expecting some big story or conspiracy to unfold, as that's what I was lead to believe by reading the back cover. Dead scientists who used to work in an animal research facility, dealing with viruses and bacteria--sounds promising isn't it? Too bad, the problem and investigation part of the story filled probably only half of the book. The rest? An overly-deep exploration into the main character's thinking. No kidding. If you want to read this book, expect to read the main character's dialectical dialogue with himself throughout most of the book. Though thankfully this main character's pretty funny, so I did find myself still being entertained at times. However, back to my expectation about how the story's going to unfold, I got disappointed again. I was expecting something big in the plot, maybe a twist, maybe something that involves risk to the bigger community, maybe some more action, maybe some secret--but the answer to the mystery was just personal, relating to the victims themselves. The way the story unfolds is slow; and there's lots of "spaces" in the story that are filled with the main character's conversation with himself. I couldn't believe I was already past halfway and the story told very little about the mystery itself. At that point though, I felt that I knew the main character so well I could predict what he's going to do next.All in all, don't expect this to be a fast-paced thriller/mystery but expect this to be a light read about your usual murder investigation with a somewhat-funny main character that you'll know better than your mum by the end of this book.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2018-09-23 21:01

    Meet John Corey. He's a wise-cracking, know-it-all detective recovering at his deceased relative's house in the Long Island area.Wouldn't you know it there he is minding his own business when all of a sudden . . . you get the idea.Well crafted murder mystery. DeMille gets the subculture of Long Island. OVERALL GRADE: A minus to A.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-10-12 19:11

    I sat here for a good while considering what to rate this book. I came very close to giving it 5 stars and am still thinking it over (I reserve the right to come back and up the rating if I decide to, LOL).This is an excellent book in a genre that I don't usually find my favorite. It's well written with a likeable yet infuriating protagonist. (Not too unlike Harry Dresden if that's a reference you're familiar with.) He does hit one of my annoyance buttons which I'll mention later under a spoiler warning. What else, well the plot is a good one with hook that while not new can be tricky to use well (view spoiler)[ I mean pirate treasure can get hokey fast (hide spoiler)]. The characters while not exactly jumping off the page are painted in true and at times even vibrant colors and remain true to "themselves" throughout the book. You don't get deus ex machina kinds of "getting out of a corner" writing and the clues lead to an answer that works. In other words you don't put everything together and come to a conclusion only to find that there's some vital clue you never got and the culprit turns out to be the old gardener who you met and saw for 5 lines in the second chapter. While not an action book this is an intense book and will I think hold your interest. The protagonist is snarky, sarcastic, and a general smart ass errr smart aleck...wise guy who can't tell the right time to just keep his mouth shut...a man after my own heart in other words, though even I rolled my eyes a few times. I mean why borrow trouble? And believe me, John does.This is my introduction to DeMille's work which I've somehow missed up till now. I don't think it will be my last (baring unexpected demise or something). So well written, nice mystery/thriller with a satisfying hook and plot, I can recommend this one wholeheartedly. ***Major Spoiler Below****(view spoiler)[ Those of you who know me know I'm not a romance fan and an all consuming romance will ruin a book for me in a heartbeat. I hate wading through a primarily romantic yarn to get to a plot buried in the love story up to it's proverbial nose. Here we get a romance and I give the author props. I not only let my guard down but "he got me". My initial distrust of the "love interest" (thinking she might be in on the "plot") gave way finally to a okay I like her and I hope she isn't one of the "bad guys" and then after I got sort of involved...he killed her. I was I admit surprised, and not completely positively. I had come to care about the character and the protagonist. DeMille did a good job and as unpleasant as it is to lose a character you like It shows I got involved in the book.Doesn't happen to me often in this context. This book is well written. (hide spoiler)]

  • Leah
    2018-09-25 22:20

    My dad works on Plum Island...the real one. I was dying to read this book because it's about my home on Long Island and because I know quite a bit about PLum Island, so I wanted to see what Demille would do with the story. Indulge my rant, if you will...Plum Island is a biosafety level 3 lab off the coast of the north fork of LI that studies animal deseases like Foot & Mouth, Mad Cow, etc., and does everything they can to keep these diseases out of the US and protect the livestock in our country. The island is shrouded in mystery because the public is not allowed there and much of what they work on is only know in the world of science. People in the local community are often skeptical of the work they do, creating such lovely rumors of animal abuse and biological warfare studies. DeMille takes hysteria to new levels and heights of impossibility by fabricating a story that is not only dull at times, but completely UNbeleivable at others. In the story, the lab is classified as a Zone 5 (which doesn't exist in the real world), and contains such lovely biohazards as ebola, anthrax, and every other weapon known to science that can wipe out entire populations with a sneeze. The scientists on the island are also allowed to bring their own boats to work, and people from the local historical society have been conducting archaeological digs around the island. Ridiculous.The main character of the book is trying to solve a murder, but don't bother reading the story if you don't like chauvinistic males who characterize themselves as close-minded pricks who only want a good lay. I was annoyed through most of the book simply because of the main character's inner dialogue. Not to mention the fact that he is a cop who sleeps with witnesses, and nearly murders the main suspect. REALLY?! Is this a joke? Anyway, if you're from the North Fork, this book will annoy you. If you're from anywhere else and you're a woman, this book will annoy you. If you're a dude who sleeps around, and lives by the mantra "ignorance is bliss" this book is for you.

  • Gina
    2018-10-07 22:05

    First book in the series, and I really liked it!When I found out that DeMille wrote The General's Daughter, I did a little more research on his 'John Corey' series. It seems that he hadn't wanted to write a series, but there were too many of his readers who wanted another John Corey book. He'd been afraid of his female readers; what they'd think of John as a character. He's cocky, tactless, crude, and a real ass, but I adored him. I loved how his mind worked, how he processed what he saw, what he heard, what he read. As much of a jerk he can be, it made him who he is, and I don't think I could have asked for a better character.I thought Beth as a good equal for him. She gave back as good as she got, and I think John needed that.I was glad that John met Emma. He needed her in more ways that the obvious. I think it made him a better person.There was a twist in this plot, one that I didn't see coming, and at first, I had the 'yeah, right' thought about it. But the more the direction of the story went that way, the more I believed and the more I liked the plot.Wasn't all that surprised by who the killer was, but I liked how John dealt with him and the situation. The action was great. I'm definitely getting the rest of the series.

  • Freda Malone
    2018-10-04 00:01

    John Corey is convalescing at his Uncle Harry's Victorian home in the North Fork of Long Island, NY. The Suffolk County Chief, Sylvester Maxwell (Max) has asked John to be a consultant in a double homicide. John learns it is friends of his, Tom and Judy Gordon. A delightful couple who worked at the infamous Plum Island Research Facility for the Department of Agriculture studying animal diseases, viruses and flu's. Immediately, there are several people involved, Foster (FBI), Nash (DOA), Detective Penrose, Detective Maxwell, and then there is John and it seems as though there are too many people in the 'kitchen', stepping on each others toes. Each character has their own theory, biological weapon of smuggled out Ebola virus, drugs and drug runners along the bay, archaeological weapons from the revolutionary war. I really enjoyed the wide array of characters and their personalities. John Corey is an obnoxious, witty, sarcastic man who shoots his mouth off at the most inopportune times, but it made me laugh. I really liked his sense of humor throughout the whole book. His instinct is right on the money and he keeps these clues and conclusions to himself, most of the time. I also liked Emma, the the town's president of the Historical Society who had a lot of knowledge about 'old' Plum Island, Captain Kidd, Battles won and lost, Treasure maps and who settled where first. I absorbed it like a sponge hoping her knowledge would give me more clues to the possible suspects. Nash, who claims he is from the Department of Agriculture, is not who he seems and he is a cocky and arrogant who dislikes John at first sight. Beth Penrose was very smart, likable but serious about her job. While everyone else is running around gathering evidence from town folk, John is doing his own thing and eventually solves the puzzle and I'm thinking, "Damn, why didn't I think of that?!". A couple of things I did not see coming, which made it that much more puzzling but enjoyable. It was a little sad, scary, had some suspense toward the end but had it not been for the humor of John, it would have been a tiring story with a lot of background and very long. It kept me entertained and I couldn't wait to find out what John figured out toward the end. I do believe this will be another one on my favorites list and will soon be picking up the next in the series. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes historical mystery thrillers, with a bit of humor and biological science mixed in.

  • Stephen
    2018-09-20 00:05

    With this novel I've got beef. Let's begin!1. It's twice as long as it needs to be. 700+ pages is an absurd length for a standard suspense/detective novel. And there's nothing special about this novel from a narrative standpoint to warrant this kind of length. There's an initial mystery; some intriguing facts; the plot thickens; TWIST!; plot comes together; bad guy revealed; final encounter; resolution. I've read dozens upon dozens of books with this format, and I would be hard pressed to find any that cracked 400 pages.2. So it's really long. What does DeMille do with all of that extra space? Well, faithful reader, I'm glad you asked. The answer is, he listens to himself talk. There is so much time spent on just how "witty" and "likeable" and street smart John Corey (our hero) is that you can't help but get the sense that DeMille wishes he were him. I put "witty" and "likeable" in quotes because, after 300 pages of being inside John's head, he is anything but these things. First off, here's a guy who never met a bad or sexist or dirty or obvious joke he didn't like, and he dropped them every single chance he got. What else about John Corey? Here is a list of adjectives you could apply to him easily (some of which he applied to himself directly): sexist, chauvinist, elitist, crude, rude, arrogant, offensive, antagonistic, alcoholic, cocksure, egotistic, and obnoxious.The problem with this is that DeMille presents most of these attributes as endearing, suggesting that Corey's just a regular guy you'd like to have a beer with. The problem is, he's an ass. He's a jerk to everyone. He gives attitude in every single interaction he has in the book, but he hates it when someone gives it back. He looks down his nose at the well off because they like wine and fine food when he just wants a beer and a burger. He's irresistible to no less than two women, and even though he's his usual self around them, they just can't help but love him. He hates old people. He hates smart people. He hates rich people. He hates other security people. And those he does like, you don't really know why.Also, he's the greatest thing that's ever happened to police work. He knows all the right lines to work. He finds all the leads. He asks all the right questions and makes all the right assumptions. Now, granted, this is nothing new in stories like this. It's not much fun when your hero detective is clueless. But good novels allow a give and take. The hero gets the majority of the clues, but his colleagues and partners make significant contributions. In this novel? Corey's main partner is simply there. Any contributions she makes are ancillary and really don't add anything. Its the Superman problem. A flawless hero is boring.3. The plot doesn't make much sense. If you just let the story wash over your without asking any questions, then sure, you won't notice anything. If you pause even briefly to poke at the mystery plot on which the novel is built, it's not long before water starts gushing through.4. I could go on, but I won't...5. Well, actually, one last thing, because it's a big one.***HERE THERE BE SPOILERS***At the end of the novel, Corey chases down the bad guy, intent on killing him. The bad guy's killed a lot of people and raped and killed Corey's girlfriend of 3 days. (The whole rape thing, while awful, seems out of place when it's presented. It's like DeMille wanted to really drive home how evil the bad guy is and need to tack something else horrific to his rap sheet because killing no less than 6 people wasn't enough.) Corey wants his revenge, and after outwitting the bad guy in an impossible situation, Corey takes a knife, breaks the bad guy's nose and mouth, scalps him (Corey didn't like that he had hair plugs.), and then guts him. Yes, that's right, he guts him. He takes the knife and slices open his abdomen; then grabs the bad guy's intestines, pulls them out, and throws them in the bad guy's face. Then he walks away leaving him to die.First off, this is pretty brutal. Second, if the bad guy dies, it's 1st degree murder. Anyway, the cops arrive, Corey tells them where the bad guy is and that he left him for dead. Surprise! The bad guy's still alive and is arrested and sent to prison to await trial. And now you'd expect Corey to be put in prison as well, right? Right? Wait, what? He gets pats on the back and is rewarded as a hero cop?!? In what world would this fly? Corey didn't just try to kill him. He tortured and mutilated him. It's not as though he shot him with his service pistol in the line of duty. He sadistically tortured him with the intent to leave him dead. But the novel presents this as an OK thing! It's a mind-boggling ending!Anyway, that's where the book ends. The world goes back to normal, and there are apparently more John Corey novels to come, because he's so great. I should point out that Night Fall is one of those books, and THAT was maybe one of the most offensive books I've ever read in my life. (Also, surprisingly, a book that suffers from the same issues as this one. You'd think I'd learn my lesson.)

  • Tim The Enchanter
    2018-10-18 21:05

    Something, Whatever, You Know - 4 Stars Despite a vocabulary that included more non-specific words than a valley girl, I found myself amused and entertained by John Corey. Both irreverent and brilliant, Corey is one of the most entertaining protagonists I have read in a long time. Because of my preference for reading lesser know authors, I have put off reading this series for a long time. Fortunately, it was well written and entertaining and I will certainly continue the series. Plot Summary John Corey is a New York Homicide Detective. After being shot in the line of duty, he head offs to his uncles house on Long Island while he convalesces. Rest does not come easy after a two recently made friends are murdered in what is initially called a bungled home invasion. Had this husband and wife duo been simple fishermen, the investigation would have ended there. In this case, the deceased are two brilliant scientists working on Plum Island. Plum Island is rumored to be working on everything from biological warfare research, vaccine research to planning the next plague. It becomes clear that the murders are tied in some way to plum island and John is brought in by the local sheriff to advise on the case. Never believing the official line, John Corey works with local detective Beth Penrose to follow his own line of reasoning while at the same time dodging the federal agents working the case. John battles man and nature as the case takes him down an unlikely path. My Take Overall, this is an exceptionally written and entertaining novel. John Corey is a funny and intelligent while occasionally being a jackass. Prior to this novel, I did not know that a place called Plum Island existed. It is in realty an island run by the USDA where they undertake research into animal disease. Take any government research facility and place it on a small island and people will spin rumors all day. I thought the setting of Long Island and Plum Island were excellent choice and vibrantly written.Nelson DeMille is quite masterful in his use of dialogue. It is written in a manner that is captivating and is perfectly suited for audio (which is the format I used.) The character interactions are realistic and the exchanges are usually funny. John has a habit of using non specific narration. For example, "I looked to my left on the boat, or the starboard, or the stern or whatever the heck it's called". While entertaining in the first half, it does start to become annoying later in the book and is (in my opinion) overused.I found the plot and the setup to be well crafted and realistic. My only issue was I didn't buy John's "Eureka" moment when he seemed to discovered what was really going on. I just don't know how the heck he figured out what was really happening. It seems as if he was relying on some sixth sense. Given the content, the plot could have easily degenerated into a hokey mess but the author did a great job of using plot elements that could have taken the story down. Final Thoughts Overall,Plum Islandin an entertaining and very well written novel. There is nothing to complex or obscure in the novel and should appeal to a wide range of readers. I am a bit late in getting to the series but I will certainly be reading more.

  • Corey
    2018-09-18 23:15

    An excellent murder mystery! This was my first book by Nelson Demille, I had heard many good things about the John Corey series, so I decided to give Plum Island a shot, and I wasn't disappointed. I love his writing style and how he involves some comedy in his books, I even laughed out loud at some of the funny parts.John Corey to me was like a Bruce Willis type guy, I was really impressed with his character. I look forward to reading more by Nelson Demille!

  • Sean Peters
    2018-10-11 19:10

    My first book my author Nelson De Mille, and also my first with the great witty character John Corley, and a great end to the 2014 book pal reads for me, so thank you Book Pal friends.Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumoured to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications — and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of PLUM ISLAND....But beyond all of that lies at its heart one of the most engaging hero's ever conceived: John Corey. His manners are scratched and his jokes are annoying to everyone (except to himself and the reader), but still comes off as an intelligent and competent vacationing cop who gets embroiled in the mystery involving a couple who worked on Plum Island- an animal disease compound that hides more than Ebola and Anthrax. Well written, great detail, a great main character in John Corley, just to me fifty to hundred pages to long mainly in the middle of the story, but a great rip roaring storm filled ending.Must read the other John Corley books.

  • Susan Mock
    2018-10-18 18:09

    I read this a long time ago and liked it. Don't understand why it is being touted as a new book?

  • Luffy
    2018-09-23 18:07

    Plum island, truth be told, exceeded my expectations. Except in the humor department. The latter isn't the one thing I look forward to in a thriller anyway. Any book can be written in any style. There's one style, a bleak, grim and unapologetic style that I flee from like a vampire from the sun. Books that imitate life. It can crop up in any book. Fortunately, Plum Island is not like that; it is simply peachy. Oh, and if you want to read this book, you can omit Chapter 13. There's quite some delay tactic going on in Chapter 13, but after that it's all plain sailing.In the past I would take issue with a hero like John Corey. He seems too loyal and kind, while being too egocentric, too flawed. I didn't really understand this type of person before. But now I've experienced it first hand; people that are incredibly generous and kind of kind, while being of ordinary mettle at their core. Nevertheless, I was dreading being cooped up in John Corey's mind for 500 pages. But the sharp cynicism and witticisms got relegated to the back of the decor and the intrigue took center stage. Although I AM wondering if I should give this book a perfect score. But though it was a good book, it didn't have the unexpected, the original, the ultra ribald, or the hair raise inducing bits. You know I still think that John Corey is not real. Like the saying goes, read it once, fooled me once, read it twice, will fool me twice. So there will be no re read. Ta.

  • Jenny Maloney
    2018-10-02 17:13

    Ah...sarcastic narrators. This book's got one. "I gripped my right ear and twisted, which is how I tune out idiots."Unfortunately, it's apparent that everyone except John Corey (our fearless, convalescing-from-getting-shot-on-the-job narrator/hero) is an idiot. I sorta wish that his ear had been turned off for some larger chunks of the book -- because the reader has to wade through a lot of red herrings and schtuff to get to the meat of the book.For example, getting a tour of Plum Island, the spot where world-threatening viruses are studied and possibly stolen, shouldn't be so long and tedious. For an example of that: there are numerous mentions of the ospreys -- but don't get all excited. It's not a clue. Apparently the bird has nothing more to do with the story than a narrative motif, which doesn't quite come off for me. The tour of Plum Island takes 100 pages and by the time you reach the end, witty repartee like"I had to ask, 'But is the female screwworm fulfilled?''She must be,' Zollner replied. 'She never mates again.'Beth offered, 'There's another way to look at that.'"is just a little frustrating. You want INFORMATION, not wit, by that point.That being said, the characters are certainly likeable (you know, except for the ones you're not supposed to like) And even the false leads are intriguing. Pirate treasure, virus hunting, international intrigue, historical implications, etc. You just can't get much better than that. The whole thing is an adventurer's wet dream. It's fun to go and figure stuff out along with Corey -- though the turn might be a little to easy to catch. I mean, I got the gist before they left Plum Island...which might explain why a lot of the copious detail felt, well, copious. ~JennyPlace for the StolenUnder Ground Writing Project

  • Mike
    2018-10-06 21:17

    Crap! 4 Stars for Plum Island. Now I have to add DeMille to that list, you know, the list with Child, Connolly, Connelly, Sandford, Hiaasen, Mills, Block, et al. The list of prolific authors who I have to buy on sight. At least I can fix the blame for this one on Anne Booklady and on Steven Z who both recommended it. Thanks a lot, no really, thanks!John Corey is a smart ass cop, recovering from multiple holes in his body caused by small pieces of high speed lead. You will keep hearing little tidbits about the event that caused his physical status but never the full story. Maybe in a later book? Meanwhile, Corey is hired at a $1 a month to assist on a double homicide of scientists (a married couple) who worked at the Plum Island (real nasty, secret, ominous, "we don't do biological warfare") Animal Research Center. I laughed hard at many points in the story. Corey is constantly wisecracking, driving his various partners to distraction. The other characters in the book are well done. I especially fell in love (or more likely another "L" word) with Emma, a winsome local on the North Fork of Long Island. Corey also falls for Emma, as he talks about going back to her cottage for the evening:Anyway, the cottage was cute, it was clean, there was no cat, she had scotch and beer, the mattress was firm, she liked the Beatles and the Bee Gees; and she had two pillows for me. What more could I ask? Well, whipped cream. She had that, too.I only took most of a star away for the end of the book, Corey gets way out of control for a cop and the frenetic chase scene really didn't need to go so over the top. But I will be buying more of DeMille's John Corey series, darn it.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-10-15 19:14

    3 ½ stars. An enjoyable escape, good suspense. A couple parts felt too lengthy and dragged a bit.STORY BRIEF:John Corey is a New York City homicide detective who was shot in April. He has been convalescing for several months at his Uncle’s home on Long Island, not far from Plum Island. Plum Island is run by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to study vaccines and viruses like Ebola and Anthrax. Tom and Judy Gordon were scientists working on Plum Island and were killed. The local sheriff hires John as a consultant to help investigate the murders. Government agents make it difficult to investigate things on Plum Island. Some believe the Gordons may have stolen a vaccine with plans to sell it. John’s instincts have him investigating other odd actions by the Gordons. John meets and interacts with Emma who works for the historical society and Detective Beth Penrose also investigating the murders.This is the first book in the John Corey series.REVIEWER’S OPINION:It’s an enjoyable escape. A smart cop is investigating but he’s not doing it “by the book.” He breaks a lot of rules during his investigation. The main story is John’s efforts and actions which solve the mystery.John is not your typical desirable relationship kind of guy. He’s divorced. He meets someone and they begin a relationship. He claims it’s just sex. It appears to be that way for both of them, but the reader slowly sees that it is more than that. John may not want to admit it but he cares for her a lot more than he lets on. He wants to buy something for her and then spends a lot more money than he planned - because he thinks she’ll love it – and she does.It’s a well done story. Good plot and events. Character development is pretty good. But a few parts dragged. There was almost too much talk about Plum Island while John was visiting. And at the end scenes on the boats seemed a bit lengthy. I wanted those parts to move faster. But overall it was a good read. The narrator did a good job. I think I prefer it as an audiobook rather than reading the book.It’s told in first person by John, a jaded, cynical, smarta** cop. He had some clever lines. I enjoyed some of the smart things he said. Following are a few of his lines, to provide a feel for him.When thinking of the Gordons motives he was wondering “bugs for money or drugs for money.”When thinking about dangerous viruses escaping from Plum Island he said “that would cause a little dip in the Dow at the opening bell, not to mention a stampede to the airports and a sudden urge for a South American vacation.”“The early bird gets the worm, and I would reply the early worm gets eaten.”When he was visiting someone and wanted to give a false name he announced his name as Detective Courtney. His thoughts were “I sometimes mispronounce my own name.”DATA:Unabridged audiobook length: 19 hrs and 42 mins. Narrator Scott Brick. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: about three, referred to not shown. Setting: current day mostly rural area of Long Island, New York, with a little New York City. Copyright: 1997. Genre: murder mystery suspense.

  • Brandi
    2018-10-15 22:01

    I was hoping that both of the main characters (especially the narrator) would drown so the book would end sooner.

  • Anne(Booklady) Molinarolo
    2018-09-29 20:06

    4.5 StarsNelson DeMille has created a wonderful character - John Corey! "I think I'm in love." Corey isn't your usual loner, introverted, and serious dark homicide detective. He's snarky. He's smart mouthed. He's juvenile. He appears to be a bumbling idiot just like Peter Falk's character - Columbo. He's smart and is narcissistic, but I loved him! Being in his head for over 600 pages was fun and I've never laughed so hard during a novel in a long time, even though the plot line was serious, deadly serious.Tom and Judy Gorgon are good friends of convalescing NYPD Detective John Corey. They are beautiful. They are brilliant. They work on Plum Island. Apparently, they are also thieves, since they're also very dead. Both shot in the head on their deck as they were climbing from their Formula 300 at the dock. Their big silver cooler is missing from their boat. A Jolly Roger flag and signal pennants are flying. Could they have stolen an animal virus from Plum Island that bad guys could weaponize? Suits from the Alphabet Departments have decided the cover story - the Doctors Gordon stole a vaccine that rightly belongs to the U.S. Government to sell or go with them to a private sector pharmaceutical company. John Corey doesn't believe either of these theories and is determined to find out what happened to his friends. Thank goodness he's been asked to consult on the case. Then he's fired. But why? And by whom? At whose suggestion? Does Corey drop the case? Of course not.I loved Nelson DeMille slow build up of the mystery. He gives you a few red herrings and several twists and turns. He does a great job of building characters, both the minor and major ones. He uses the first person POV and it was a treat and hoot to be in John Corey's head. I definitely must read the rest of the John Corey Series! And I recommend readers who love Thrillers do the same.

  • Kathy
    2018-10-15 23:21

    Excellent. Would love to meet this author. His humor "kills" me! I usually read 2-3 books per week but this is the FIRST ONE BY NELSON DEMILLE. How could I have missed his books???????? No one told me. Finally my daughter passed along this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She told me that if I liked this one, I would really, really like the next two in this series. I enjoyed the characters, the dialogue, plot and certainly the humor. Mr. DeMille is just an excellent storyteller. The book was written in l997, so I have a lot of catching up to do with this author.There are good guys and bad guys herein but good luck figuring out who is who. John Corey, is a NYPD homicide detective who is convalescing from wounds that he received on the job. The local police ask John for his advice about a double homicide and we are off and running.

  • Leslie
    2018-10-15 21:56

    Not entirely, but painfully close to being 100% awful. Even taking into account the not-PC era during which it was written, this was offensive... in too many ways and on multiple levels. The writing was very inconsistent - in chapter 16, the coarse NYC detective suddenly switches from his usual sarcastic, hard-boiled, sexist persona to sounding like a shrill teenage girl. The dead characters had more depth than the living ones - virtually no-one seemed plausible. The gut-wrenching (literally) climactic scene was, well, stupid. Ridiculously insipid dialogue. The only redeeming feature was the mildly interesting plot, but even it lacked effective telling. I was relieved to get through it and be shed of it.

  • Denise
    2018-10-05 20:57

    A protagonist to die for. Bruce Willis's comeback movie, just waiting to be made.

  • Steven Z.
    2018-10-07 19:56

    For years Nelson DeMille was one of my favorite fiction writers, and for some reason I did not pick up another of his books for a number of years. After reading an interview with Greg Iles, who mentioned that DeMille was one of his favorite writers, I decided to revisit his work. While perusing my bookshelves I noticed that there were three John Corey novels that I had never read, so I immediately took the plunge and opened PLUM ISLAND. After the recent Ebola crisis in Africa that resulted in a few cases of the disease in the United States my choice of PLUM ISLAND was rather timely. The title of the book was the location and name of an animal disease center research facility on the tip of Long Island. The center becomes a focal point for a murder investigation involving New York police detective, John Corey. Corey, recovering from three bullet wounds suffered six months earlier is sitting on his uncle’s porch convalescing peering out into the Long Island Sound. Corey, a rather sarcastic and humorous individual is approached by Sylvester Maxwell the Chief of Police in Southold Township in Suffolk County, who asks for his assistance with the murder of two Ph.D. biologists who conducted biological research on Plum Island, Drs. Tom and Judy Gordon. Plum Island is part of the Department of Agriculture and theoretically conducts research to prevent disease and pandemics. For Corey, their job description lies under the heading of “biological germ warfare.” Corey is paired with a local homicide detective, Elizabeth Penrose and must navigate the bureaucratic jealousies of the CIA, FBI and possible other government agencies represented by FBI agent, George Foster, and the supposed Department of Agriculture operative, Ted Nash.The question from the outset is why these two young research scientists were killed? Was it a burglary gone wrong? Was it a drug deal of some sort or possibly something else? After a visit and tour of the Plum Island facilities, a visit sanitized by the federal government, another possibility emerges. Dr. Karl Zollner, the head of the research facility tries to convince everyone that it was impossible for any dangerous pathogens to have left the island and he introduces the idea that if any substance had left the island it was probably a preventative drug that was designed to stop the spread of a pandemic. The Gordons were working on genetically altering a simian Ebola virus so that it could not cause disease, but would produce an immune response in animals. The scenario that Zollner put forth is that the murdered couple may have tried to sell their research to a pharmaceutical company for money. Corey is not convinced by this explanation and believes that it is a government “line” designed to alter the truth. As Corey proceeds in trying to solve the murder, avoid government interference and other obstacles his patter is caustic, pointed, and always humorous. The more Corey thought about the murders he grew convinced it was some sort of conspiracy and was being covered up. The question was what was hidden and how he could solve the murders. From this point DeMille has gained the reader’s attention and the novel becomes intriguing. DeMille’s character descriptions and pithy dialogue is very entertaining. Corey’s relationships allow the reader a glimpse into his personality and perhaps the persona that he shows the public hides numerous insecurities. As far as the plot is concerned, the reader is led down a number of paths and then all of a sudden Corey’s intuition changes and the storyline shifts dramatically. DeMille does a nice job introducing the different personalities in the book and his comments on “eastern Long island society” seem dead on. The story evolves at a measured pace, and the reader will be surprised by the number of twists and turns it takes.Overall, PLUM ISLAND measures up to DeMille’s previous efforts be it a John Corey novel, writing about Vietnam or the myriad of topics he has produced. It is a good read and I look forward to tackling another John Corey novel next.

  • Lyn (Readinghearts)
    2018-10-11 17:03

    John Corey is a NYPD homicide detective who was shot three times in the line of duty and is staying at his uncle's old Victorian on the North Shore of Long Island while he convalesces. While there, though, he becomes involved in the double murder of a couple that he has socialized with a few times. Thus starts this thriller by Nelson DeMille. I have to say, I had to put more thought into this review than most because I both liked and didn't like this book. Mostly what I didn't like was the main character, John Corey. Usually I love characters with a sarcastic bent, but I felt his sarcasm was a little too much. Instead of making him endearing, as in the case of a Harry Dresden for example, he just came off as an obnoxious asshole trying to annoy the people around him, regardless of who they were. Another of his character traits was supposed to be an ability to "think outside the box" and therefore solve crimes that others couldn't, but in reality it was just a ploy to be able to break the rules and not follow directions, again with the effect of annoying those around him. Then there was his constant demoralizing way of seeing every female as a sexual conquest, which only added to the annoyance. In truth, I think DeMille intended for this character to be annoying, but as a result I just couldn't quite connect with him. He needed some other redeeming characteristics, besides his tenacity when solving a problem. As for his tenacity, while it was supposed to show loyalty and focus, it was hard to believe that anyone would be so emotionally invested in the deaths of people that were such casual acquaintances. Especially when that person is a long-time, hardboiled, NYPD homicide detective that has "seen it all". In fact, this guy tried so hard to piss people off, I had a really hard time believing he could care about anyone, much less a couple that he had just met, or a woman that he had slept with a couple of times. So - what did I like about this book? I really liked the last half of the book when the story line became interesting and the pace picked up. Unfortunately, it took DeMille too long to get to this point. The whole first half of the book was spent building a story line that the author just dropped half-way through, and never finished. It was almost like he got halfway through the book and decided, "I don't like how this is going, I think I will switch gears." Unfortunately, the second story line was much more interesting. In additon, DeMille can really turn a phrase when he wants to. Some of my favorite lines that I have read came from this book. Sometimes John Corey's sarcastic observations were right on the mark. I think one of my favorite lines that I have ever read came when John says, "It occurred to me that the problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you are finished." If the book had been filled with gems like that, I would have loved it. Or Emma's astute observation that, "A lot of our perception of history is influenced by inaccurate movies." These gems were too few and far between, though. In conclusion, of the 511 pages of this book, I think 200 of them could have been deleted and the story would have been much more captivating. The book was just too long and annoying, but since there were things I really liked, I am giving it a 2.75

  • Eric
    2018-10-03 18:59

    This book started out needlessly verbose, and languished far too long on its tour of Plum Island, which encompassed six chapters and over 100 pages alone (view spoiler)[And had almost nothing to do with the actual mystery. This showed a hell of a commitment to a red herring, or an inability of the author to pass up sharing research he did on the island (hide spoiler)]. Add to that, the main character, NYPD detective John Corey, was as irritating and grating to me as the book's first-person narrator as he was to every single character in the book, even the ones he was trying to sleep with.At one point, these complaints almost led me to abandon the book, unfinished, which is something I rarely do, but, in hindsight, I am glad I didn't. The story began to slowly pick up, building steady momentum as it unfolded, and led to a hell of a crescendo in the final act. I would definitely recommend this book, with the caveat that it is a bit of an investment at a lengthy 600 pages, but taken in its entirety, is a very satisfying mystery that is worth the investment. I hope John Corey turned down the snide commentary in future books though, as he was a bit much to take.

  • Miguel
    2018-09-27 00:07

    Um policial bem pensado e bem escrito, com sentido de humor e um herói "para ficar", e que mistura a guerra biológica com a caça aos tesouros dos piratas do século XVI. A narrativa é um pouco arrastada e fica a impressão de que a história ganhava eficácia e economia com uma centena de páginas a menos.

  • Jenny Hilborne
    2018-10-10 16:09

    This is my first DeMille read and it won't be my last. Apart from a slow section in the middle, Plum Island is a terrific, exciting and action packed read filled with suspense, horror and humour. Loved it.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2018-09-29 19:02

    I loved the main character in this book, John Corey. Perfect blend of dedicated, smartass detective. It did drag in some places-hence the four star rating.

  • Andrew Smith
    2018-10-12 00:11

    Love DeMille. He's funny and tells a good story, what more is there to know. This is where the John Corey series begins. Everyone who love mysteries/thrillers should read it.